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#5 of 24 100,000 on my 94 ....
May 15, 2002 (6:33 pm)
Just hit 100,000K on my 94 Ranger a few weeks ago. It's the 2.3 4cyl. 5 speed manual. Truck has only had 3 oil changes done, brakes once, and maybe an air filter. No other problems with the truck, it runs like a champion. Getting around 24 mpg on highway, maybe 20 on city streets, but again the truck isn't totally in tune.
May 16, 2002 (4:23 am)
If that's all you have ever done, you might look into a tune up, and new plug wires. One of my spark plug boots had shook itself apart at about 110k. So for one cylinder I only had one spark plug firing. That should give you some extra mpg and power.
Also zmax is highly recommended, it will smooth any engine and increase it's mpg. If it doesn't you get a full refund.
Also I have recently put Castrol GTX for High Milage vehicles oil (10w30) into my engine. The last tank gave me 21.5 mpg in purely stop and go traffic to work. That's 139,900 miles and that's with an automatic transmission.
May 16, 2002 (2:03 pm)
Ya I never intended to have the truck run on 3 oil changes and basically no other maintenance. It kind of started out as a silly bet and now its more of a personal mission to see what this Ranger in its current condition will do. Hope to trade it in anyway soon, time for a bigger truck.
That castrol high mileage seems to be some good stuff from my experiences at least. Might have to tune this puppy up and see what happens. Hey the domestic trucks may not be as well known to run 200K miles plus, but these Rangers take a beating man and still hummin away.
May 19, 2002 (10:32 am)
Regular cab, 5 speed manual. I've usuallly averaged low to mid 20's, sometimes as high as 26 if all highway and under 70 mph. Also, stuff like timing belt isn't that expensive on this truck. The labor isn't too difficult since it's a real small engine sitting in a space designed for a much bigger engine. I had both my timing and fan belt replaced at 65 thousand miles at the dealer for 292 bucks.
May 23, 2002 (7:05 am)
The new 2.3 four is a new aluminum engine, not related to the old Lima 2.3/2.5. Overhead cam is driven by chain which does not need to be replaced like the old belts. Should be a good engine---driving one at the dealers indicates performance similar to my old 3.0. Will probably get one when the 3.0 goes.
May 23, 2002 (7:36 pm)
mine gets 22, and last tank i had much more highway than usual and almost reached 26. thats the most it gets. its a 2.5 liter with an automatic, and a tonneau cover.
May 23, 2002 (8:37 pm)
if youre around...
my wife's saturn is having a fit...when we start it at first in the morning, it makes a loud HRMMM moan until it warms up and it also revs itself to 2,000 rpm when we put it in park. whats the deal?
we JUST replaced the idler pulley and i assumed that would fix all those problems, but those two remain. any help would be appreciated. by the way, i DID say WIFE...June 1 is our BIG DAY. wish me luck.
May 24, 2002 (1:04 pm)
As far as the idling problem, it it probably sensor related. Try cleaning or replacing the MAF sensor, the throttle body, EGR or PCV Valve, and vacuum lines. Could be just needing a tune up or air filter too. A faulty PCV Valve could cause oil to backup into the throttle body, which causes heck with the sensors and/or airflow. I would try to isolate the noise in the engine bay, and check every fluid/part for trouble if you still are stumped.
May 24, 2002 (2:36 pm)
its got a new air filter and plugs...so those are out as culprits...throttle body...i am not even sure where it is on this engine. sensors would have set off the SES light, and i havent seen it at all.
#14 of 24 2002 gas milage
Jun 27, 2002 (8:59 am)
I have 1900 miles on my new 2002 4x2 XLT supercab 4 cyl. 5spd and am getting 24.7 MPG* (first tank brought down the average 23.1 MPG --> 25+ thereafter). Mixed miles, but mostly highway 70MPH with AC running and a passenger (around 450 lbs total people weight).
This compares well to my "old" '94 4x2 reg. cab long bed 4cyl. 5spd ranger and my "old" '97 4x2 B2300 (ranger clone) reg. cab short bed 4cyl. 5spd. They both got 24-26 MPG for me under the same driving conditions (23-24 in the winter with the addition of 200 pounds of sand).
* I've found that hauled weight (both passenger and payload) reduce MPG to the tune of about -1 MPG per 200 LB (so my truck should be getting around 26 mpg with a normal-sized person driving).
The 2002 has a good bit more power at highway speeds (nice job with the gear ratios matching the torque curve) - alot less need to downshift to 4th.
I keep good records and will post updates on the MPG periodically.